Thursday, October 21, 2010

Easy Chicken Stew

Precooked chicken that you've saved and frozen, plus a few cans of cream of chicken soup with fresh herbs and veggies, make for a tasty, quick and easy shortcut chicken stew loaded with veggies.

Easy Chicken Stew

Next time you prepare a roasted chicken, might as well roast two of them for some planned leftovers. Having those little freezer bags of already cooked chicken, makes for speedy weeknight meals like this speedy chicken stew, that I have enjoyed for years, an adaptation of a long ago recipe from an old Campbell's cookbook. I think you will love it too.

It's a simple stew that requires little more really than dumping a few ingredients in a pot, yet despite the fact that can whip it up in no time, there are a few homemade touches that make it simply delicious. Between the canned soup and the bacon, you likely won't need any additional salt, unless you are using the lower sodium soups, and even then you'll probably want to add just a bit. As always with seasoning, add, taste, and adjust your seasonings at the end.

For a change of pace, use this stew to make a biscuit topped casserole.

Or, make individual servings in small ramekins! Just make sure they cool off first if serving them to children!

Here's how to make this simple but tasty stew.

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Recipe: Easy Chicken Stew

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish©
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 25 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

  • 3 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 cup of minced onion
  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup
  • 2 soup cans of milk
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup of frozen, cut green beans
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • Palmful of dried parsley
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 3 cups of cooked chicken

Cook the bacon in a soup pot; remove, crumble and set aside for garnish.  Add the onion and saute over medium high until softened; add the cream of chicken soup and whisk in the milk until smooth. Add the potatoes and carrots and bring to a boil. Reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring several times.  Add the green beans, cover and simmer an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the thyme, parsley and pepper and chicken. Cook just until heated through, taste and adjust seasonings, adding salt only if needed. Sprinkle individual servings with the chopped bacon.

Cook's Notes: If you use the Healthy Request soup version you may find that you need a bit of salt - with the regular soup you likely will not need any additional salt, so it is not included in the recipe.

Drop Biscuit Topping: This stew makes a pretty good substitute for an easy chicken pot pie filling, easily topped with homemade biscuit topping. Prepare the stew as above. Make a dough using 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour, whisked together with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder. May also substitute self-rising flour. Stir in 1/2 cup milk mixed with 2 tablespoons melted butter, stirring until a soft dough forms. Spoon in dollops on top of the filling and bake in a preheated 400 degree F oven for about 30 to 40 minutes, or until mixture is bubbly and biscuits are lightly browned and cooked through.


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  1. Yum, I don't think I've ever had chicken stew. Love how easy it is!

  2. I had not heard of chicken stew but it looks and sounds good and easy too, I like easy!☺

  3. I love chicken stew; I will be making this version this weekend, without a doubt! Yummy!

  4. What a great dish, I am making many chickens this weekend so will try this with some of the leftovers! Thanks, Mary,


  5. What a great comfort food meal Mary. I love foods like this during fall and winter.

  6. Sounds great! It will be perfect on a cold night (if we ever get one of those in Birmingham)!

  7. This one looks great! I have a couple of old hens that need to go to freezer camp. Would be a great way to use the meat.

  8. Sounds yummy and just the kind of dish the grands will eat. But now that I think of it, there hasn't been anything of yours that I have made that they didn't at least try. So yay for you and me.
    Thanks for your goooooooooooood cooking sharing. XOXOXO The Olde Bagg
    psssssst do you have a recipe that you could share for an Emerald city do in and green maybe?????? think about it, dear one.

  9. anything that starts with bacon is a plus in my book!!

  10. This is a definite winner. Tomorrow night sounds good.

    Delicious, quick and easy! Who could ask for more, not me!

  11. Now that's something I could easily get stewed on.

  12. omg, looks wonderful. The ultimate comfort food.

  13. Hi Mary, Made this stew tonite. Great comfort food! and easy to make. Thanks for a wonderful receipe.

  14. Mary - if you cut back on the liquid a bit and used a crust - would this make a good home-made chicken pot pie?

    1. I'm kinda partial to my homemade pot pie, but yeah, this would work! I used it for the biscuit covered pot pie casserole above. I would recommend doubling it for a regular pot pie though to have enough filling.

  15. This sounds so good but I wish there was another way to make it w/o the canned soup, which gives me a stomach ache and bloating and swollen hands...

    1. Oh my! Well, we do enjoy using cream soups in some recipes here, but fortunately we have no issues with consuming them either. Now, that said, there are recipes for homemade substitutes for cream soups available all over the internet, but this recipe is intended to be a shortcut stew - made quick from the use of those cream soups - so that kind of defeats the purpose of this version. You could certainly use those substitutes or even do a complete from scratch, homemade chicken stew! I have a recipe for one right here that you might be interested in, instead of this one.

  16. I need to fix something with chicken soon. I've been on a beef binge and it's been so good. Now, this is on my radar!! Pinning it!!

  17. This is another one of your recipes I tried over this past winter. I tried a lot of your's because I know they are going to be good! And, this was too. I accidentally put too much dried thyme (my mistake) but even with that, I will make it again. Pinning to my TRIED IT & LIKED IT board! Thank You!!

    1. I really love this shortcut stew - it's easy & fast, but it's tasty - so glad you enjoyed it too!!

  18. I've never heard of or saw these mini biscuits, but I'll be on the look out for them. Since they are good enough for you, then they must be good enough. Plus, I love the ideas you gave on how to use them.


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